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Where to find the Best Burgers in Palm Desert

May is National Burger Month! Burgers in all their variations—beef, turkey, veggie—are an ever-present staple on many menus. But why settle for just any hamburger? If you’re looking for an exceptional burger, we’ve got some dining options (listed in alphabetical order) for you to try here in Palm Desert. Here are just a few of the restaurants you may want to visit, or for the complete list of dining options in Palm Desert, be sure to check out our online Palm Desert Dining Guide.

Bubba’s Bones & Brews
73155 Highway 111, Palm Desert
(760) 837-3900
Casual spot offering lunch, dinner and late-night eats. Home of Bubba’s Burger with chorizo and an over-easy egg, and the Mac Daddy with beef brisket, mac and cheese, and barbecue sauce.  

CJ’s Diner
74894 Lennon Place, Ste. H1, Palm Desert
(760) 837-9650
You may feel like you deserve an award for finding this place, tucked into a commercial complex off Cook Street. The reward will be a variety of burgers to choose from— from the CJ’s Burger with pastrami to the new Volcano Burger with grilled pineapple chunks and jalapeno slices—not just your usual diner basics.

Cups Café
77912 Country Club Dr, Unit 3, Palm Desert
(760) 200-0333
This breakfast hotspot also delivers at lunchtime! Don’t miss Marco’s Burger with bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, and sautéed mushrooms on brioche bun with mixed-berry jam.

Daily Grill
73061 El Paseo, Palm Desert
(760) 779-9911
Want a fried egg on that? The Daily Grill’s Chop House Burger comes with the usual toppings, but feel free to customize it with add-ons like avocado, bacon, mushrooms and more. Vegetarians love the Impossible Cool Greens Burger.

El Paseo Grill
73030 El Paseo, Palm Desert
(760) 346-7900
If you like grass-fed beef served on a fabulously fresh roll, this is the spot. Try the Desert Burger if you’re a purist, or the Dumpster Burger if you like everything on it including mushrooms, bacon, bleu cheese and grilled onions.

Grill-a-Burger
73091 Country Club Dr., Palm Desert
(760) 346-8170
Thirty different hamburgers on the menu! And that’s not counting ones made from chicken, turkey or veggie patties. From the “Buddha Burger” to “Devil’s Revenge,” you’re going to have a blast working your way through their menu. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, come see what Guy Fieri raved about.

Gastro Grind Burgers
73850 Highway 111, Palm Desert
(760) 404-0300
Two different beef blends—Standard and Deluxe with chuck, short rib, sirloin, and strip loin. You’ll also find a Bison Burger and The Asada on the menu, made with a blend of carne asada and chuck meat.

Islands
72353 Highway 111, Palm Desert
(760) 346-4007
A family favorite, with a dozen different tropically inspired and traditional grilled burger choices on the menu, all served with endless fries. The Maui with guacamole or the Hawaiian with fresh pineapple are hard to beat.

Karen’s Café
77682 Country Club Dr., Ste. L, Palm Desert
(760) 772-2800
Really tucked away off the street in a retail and office complex, but you’ll love it once you find it! If you’re looking for something just a bit different, you’ll appreciate that they keep things lively by serving up a Patty Melt on rye as well as the San Franciscan on sourdough.

Keedy’s Fountain & Grill
73633 Highway 111, Palm Desert
(760) 346-6492
It’s called a “Keedy’s Fix” for a reason. Operating in the same location since 1957 (!), generations of local residents have been raised on these diner-style burgers served with your favorite sides plus a whole complement of fountain specialties including shakes, floats and malts. 

Kitchen 86 + Bar
73130 El Paseo, Ste. I, Palm Desert
(760) 890-1586
While primarily known as a continental restaurant with fun, shareable small plate, you bet this dining hot spot has a burger to boot. Theirs features grass fed beef, cheddar, and garlic aioli on a brioche bun.

Larkspur Grill
45400 Larkspur Lane, Palm Desert
(760) 340-6069
While their Classic Burger is featured on the lunch and dinner menus, pop in during lunch for the Whiskey Glazed Blue Cheese Waygu Burger with Guinness caramelized onions and whiskey glaze on a pretzel bun.

little bar
73560 Hwy. 111, #B, Palm Desert
(760) 565-1965
Known for its unique craft cocktails and the best cheeseburgers in town, this little bar serves up a cool vibe and eclectic music

Paradise Cove Cafe
44150 Town Center Way, Palm Desert
(760) 779-1617
Tucked in-between Trader Joe’s and Michael’s, it’s worth the effort to find this hidden gem! Choose from a super selection of fresh and juicy burgers, including Heath’s Late Night Luau, and the Valley of Fire Burger with grilled Serrano chili and breaded onion twigs.

ROC’s Firehouse Grille
36891 Cook St., Ste. 10, Palm Desert
(760) 340-3222
We’re big fans of the Fire Chief Burger, with Swiss, pastrami and 1000 Island dressing, but there are no bad choices here, and all served up in a lively pub atmosphere!

Wilma & Frieda
73575 El Paseo, Palm Desert
(760) 773-2807
Why does Wilma & Frieda show up on every restaurant list we write up? Because they’re that good. (Here’s another spot that Guy Fieri visited for Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, so it’s not just our opinion.) The burgers? Ridiculously amazing, with a patty made from chopped chuck and short ribs, served up on a fresh-baked bun.

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